Walter Raleigh

1554 - 1618

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Sir Walter Raleigh (; c. 1552 – 29 October 1618) was an English statesman, soldier, writer and explorer. One of the most notable figures of the Elizabethan era, he played a leading part in English colonisation of North America, suppressed rebellion in Ireland, helped defend England against the Spanish Armada and held political positions under Elizabeth I. Raleigh was born to a landed gentry family of Protestant faith in Devon, the son of Walter Raleigh and Catherine Champernowne. He was the younger half-brother of Sir Humphrey Gilbert and a cousin of Sir Richard Grenville. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Raleigh has received more than 6,230,668 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Walter Raleigh is the 735th most popular writer (down from 659th in 2019), the 567th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 529th in 2019) and the 65th most popular British Writer.

Walter Raleigh is most famous for his explorations and for founding the first English colony in North America.

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Notable Works

The Discovery of Guiana
England and the War
Remains of Sir Walter Raleigh
The history of the world
The discovery of the large, rich, and beautiful empire of Guiana

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Over the past year Walter Raleigh has had the most page views in the with 740,393 views, followed by German (36,812), and Spanish (36,753). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Macedonian (242.34%), Pashto (156.86%), and Ido (135.38%)


Among writers, Walter Raleigh ranks 735 out of 7,302Before him are Edmond Rostand, Arthur Adamov, Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani, Amin Maalouf, Beatrix Potter, and Cao Xueqin. After him are Sidonius Apollinaris, Otto of Freising, Georg Büchner, Pierre Boulle, Yanka Kupala, and John Dos Passos.

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Among people born in 1554, Walter Raleigh ranks 4Before him are Pope Gregory XV, Sebastian of Portugal, and Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of France. After him are Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich of Russia, Charles, Duke of Mayenne, Marietta Robusti, Wakisaka Yasuharu, Philip William, Prince of Orange, Ernest of Bavaria, Bálint Balassi, and Philip Sidney. Among people deceased in 1618, Walter Raleigh ranks 3Before him are Giulio Caccini, and Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria. After him are Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia, Anna of Tyrol, Petrus Gonsalvus, Philip William, Prince of Orange, John, Duke of Östergötland, Marie of the Incarnation, Giovanni Bembo, Heo Gyun, and Margherita Gonzaga, Duchess of Ferrara.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Walter Raleigh ranks 567 out of 8,785Before him are Hugh Laurie (1959), James Parkinson (1755), Christopher Tolkien (1924), Ronald George Wreyford Norrish (1897), Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969), and Beatrix Potter (1866). After him are Archibald Hill (1886), Eadwig (940), Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover (1771), Alec Douglas-Home (1903), Malcolm Young (1953), and John Davis (1550).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Walter Raleigh ranks 65Before him are Douglas Adams (1952), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), Oliver Sacks (1933), Geoffrey of Monmouth (1090), Christopher Tolkien (1924), and Beatrix Potter (1866). After him are A. J. Cronin (1896), Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809), William McMaster Murdoch (1873), Eleanor Marx (1855), Thomas Hardy (1840), and John le Carré (1931).